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the Little Indigo Museum

June 18, 2016

P1090661this small personal collection is gathered and shown by Shindo-san

with a sensitive understanding of indigo textiles and the processes involved in creating them

P1090644a jacket with an unusual rendition of Raiden

the Japanese god of thunder and lightning

can you imagine wearing this??

P1090642P1090643another jacket

front and back

the detailed work is amazing

P1090655many meters of this fabric wrapped on a rope

but exactly how was it done?

P1090657finished, it is simply perfect

P1090660from Africa

P1090633jackets from northern China

indigo dyed and beaten to a glossy finish

P1090634and the famous pleated skirts of the Miao people

both featured in the book Imprints on Cloth by Sadae and Tomoko Torimaru

P1090632simply hung and always with the massive wood beams and straw roof as a background

too much to show here

P1090659small, but so impressive

and then just around the corner

the Kayabuki no Sato Folk Museum

again, in an old farmhouse

a collection of all the simple necessities to survive in a remote farming village

P1090667traditional Japanese sewing boxes

(I’ve always wanted to bring one of these home!)

P1090668most items handmade from materials found locally

P1090671spinning wheel, bobbin winder and straw sandals

to all the people who work in, collect for and support museums around the world

thank you

13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 20, 2016 3:39 am

    Thank you from me to all those museums too. Lovely post, this place is a true treasure. Thank you for taking all the time to share, Jean.


    • June 20, 2016 8:11 am

      Hi Lis – we made it to the Boro Museum this time, wonderful. I’ve enjoyed going back over the pictures and the memories.


  2. vdbolyard permalink
    June 19, 2016 5:13 am

    amazing collection, just right. thank you so much for sharing these photos, jean. and you’re right about museums.


  3. June 19, 2016 2:37 am

    The variety of the indigo examples is amazing–it must’ve been wonderful to see them in one place and be able to study them!


  4. June 18, 2016 3:27 pm

    *Sigh* I’m in awe. Such wonderfully quaint museums. I’d love to make those Japanese sewing boxes…I once owned a cha tansu (for tea storage) that I picked up at an auction. I stored my sewing things in it. I gave it away when I moved cross country and sometimes I still kick myself.


    • June 18, 2016 3:47 pm

      Kristin – I’ve seen a couple that were in good condition but they were either impossible to get home or outrageously expensive. Yes, there are some things we should hang on to!


  5. June 18, 2016 12:35 pm

    I love those sewing boxes too. Thanks for sharing all this beautiful work. How lucky you were to see it in person.


    • June 18, 2016 1:17 pm

      Heather – sharing is part of the pleasure. I could have spent several more days just staring – no drooling.


  6. June 18, 2016 12:33 pm

    Hooray for museums, small and big!


  7. Jean-Pierre Antonio permalink
    June 18, 2016 11:47 am

    Thanks for showing this. I’ve never been to Miyama but looking at your photos I think I will try to visit one of these days. Remarkable that towns like it still exist in Japan. Apart from the effort it requires to maintain the traditional housing, the big problem is finding a way to keep the young folk in the countryside. These days most of them gravitate to the higher paying jobs in the big cities.


    • June 18, 2016 1:24 pm

      Jean-Pierre – I looked and didn’t see any buildings that look like a school, difficult for families to stay in such remote places when winter travel must be difficult. There are a couple inns in the area, next time (if there is one) I would like to stay 2-3 days.


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